In lieu of actual baseball, I’ll be posting snippets that were cut from The Baseball Codes as a way of amusing myself and, hopefully, you. Today’s theme: intimidation.
Don Sutton came up with the Dodgers in 1966. Shortstop Zoilo Versalles joined the team in ’68, as a nine-year veteran. Versalles decided to have some fun before a game one day as the 23-year-old Sutton warmed up in the bullpen. “Zoilo grabbed a bat and acted like he was timing the pitch,” recalled Dodgers pitcher Joe Moeller. “He swung and said, ‘I hit that ball 390 feet!’ Sutton throws another pitch: ‘I hit that ball 410 feet.’
“Next pitch, Sutton drilled him and said, ‘How far did you hit that one?’ ”